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5/21/2007

Freak hailstorm lashes Troodos

Cyprus
MOUNTAINOUS areas and villages in Limassol felt the brunt of a freak hailstorm that lashed the Troodos range yesterday afternoon.Residents of Limassol district villages on the range yesterday said they sustained catastrophic damages to their fields and crops from the heavy rain and hailstorms to strike the villages of Amiandos, Chandria, Pelendri, Agros and Kyperounta.The violent downpour started at around 3.30pm and residents of the villages could only look on in horror as the rainstorm was followed by one hour of hailstones which some witnesses said were the size of walnuts.Yesterday, the narrow streets of Chandria were iced with hailstones with elderly residents of the village inspecting their roofs and gardens to examine the severity of the damage.Fields were flooded as were the roads especially in the mountains. Firemen were called to some homes and workshops that were also flooded with muddy water.The Kyperounta–Agros road was closed off well into the night due to heavy floods and the local authorities were placed on high alert after it was reported that the nearby Xyliatou Dam was close to overflowing.
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